Tuesday, March 21, 2017


Gah, this post is ONE MONTH late! Eeeeek!

A couple of weeks ago (Feb 18 weekend to be exact!), we were at the ranch for the weekend.

It was a beautiful Saturday and we were hanging around outside playing. I had Molly on my lap and Kelsey had just woken up from a nap and I asked Anthony to grab her and change her diaper.

He did so and brought her out a few minutes later. He said, "Hey, have you noticed all those teeth Kelsey has on the top?"
To which I replied, "Teeth? She doesn't have teeth yet!"
A: "Yes she does!"
C: "No, she doesn't. She doesn't even have any on the bottom and those come in first. Trust me, babe, I've been checking the bottom for weeks now and there is NOTHING."
A: "Go see for yourself."

So I grabbed her, laid her on my lap, pulled up her top lip and there they were... FOUR TOP TEETH COMING IN AT ONCE!!!!!

Not only was I the worst mom in the world for not noticing and having Daddy find them first, I also had dealt with her suffering through this having no clue! I seriously wondered on and off for about a week if she had an ear infection- but with no fever and no major sleep issues, I couldn't put my finger on it. I figured it might be teething, but I had checked those lower gums for days and nothing was popping up.

In true Kelsey fashion, this girl is doing things on her own and in her own way. I'm just sorry I didn't have Motrin going to help her out some in the process!

Why hit one major milestone at a time when you can do four at once?!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Kelsey is 9 Months!

Good grief- when I think that 9 months is so close to a year my heart starts racing! How did we get here?!

Kelsey actually turned 9 months old a few weeks back... and I've had this post half written. But between sheer exhaustion and one million other things going on, this is the closest I could get it done!

At 9 months Kelsey is...
-Walking! Not all over and not consistently, but she will take up to about 15 steps at once! I used to think other people who said their babies walked at 9 months were lying (kind of kidding), but now that I have her, I get it!
-In size 4 diapers, 12 month clothes
-Sleeping better than ever! She's actually gone a couple nights with ZERO wake-ups to eat! Most of the time she will go 10-11 hours and wake for an early feeding (530/6ish) and then go back to sleep until 8. She's pretty consistently an 830-8ish sleeper.
-Napping is ok. I think she's wanting to go down to one nap. We tried that for a week or so and she did ok- some days she'd take a 3 hour nap and sometimes it was just 1.5 hrs. Sometimes she'd wake and I'd have to get her back to sleep and sometimes she would nap solid. Now, we are kind of going with an hour and a half morning nap and an hour or so late afternoon nap. I don't really know. We are trying to figure this one out!
-Eating all solids. Well, at least the ones she likes. She LOVES beans and pasta and strawberries and oranges. She is ok with some things. And she straight up refuses somethings which is hilarious to me!
-Has become pretty easy going. She just goes with the flow and is generally so so happy. I can't even believe I am typing this sentence knowing how tough she was at the beginning. She seems to be one of our sweetest, easiest babies now. I love her.
-nursing every 3-4 hours. She usually stretches closer to four hours. She definitely needs a solid snack between nursing sessions- yogurt, eggs, etc
-Has the cutest little demeanor. Laughs and giggles and "plays" with you. Is interested in everything. Babbles a little, but not too much- definitely takes it all in
-LOVES babies and balls. Her two favorite toys! She loves hanging onto babies and dribbling basketballs. My kind of gal!
-Getting into everything stage! Loves to dump the water bowl, play in the toilet (and put things in there), and has even gotten into the cat box (YUCK!). I have to watch her all the time for sure!
-Gets dropped off or goes to other people easily. This is a change for me and I am going to ride this train while I can!!!
-Loving bath time and all things water. This summer with the pool should be interesting!
-Has four top teeth- but nothing on the bottom! So weird!

Kelsey has seriously become the most wonderful baby. Our entire family adores her! She has been the perfect final puzzle piece to this crazy family. We love you sweet Kelsey!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Birthday Celebrations for CK

I've had this written for two weeks have forgotten to publish so many times! Oops!

This little love deserves a big birthday celebration! She is always thinking of others and it was time for everyone to focus on her! 

We started her morning with pancakes (her request!), school drop off, and birthday circle at school accompanied with donut holes for everyone for snack! 

Breakfast of champs!

She and one of the boys in her class share a birthday! It's fun to have a buddy up there!

The birthday (girls!) crew! 

Then, for our second annual tradition... lunch at the American Girl store! She LOVED it last year, and this year was no different! She got a new doll to bring and graciously "gave" Molly one of her older ones. My mom came with us and we shopped, ate, and giggled like crazy! This year Molly came along- she was finally old enough. She had a BLAST! Love seeing the joy of kids- there is just nothing like it! 

The rest of the day was spent playing, opening a few presents, running around with some of her besties outside, and heading to dinner at Ninfas (her choice!). Anthony and my mom met us at dinner and all that little girl wanted was beans and rice from Ninfas for dinner and for them to sing happy birthday to her in the restaurant! Her wishes were granted and she had the BEST time!

She gives the BEST reactions opening presents!!

We got home and had more cupcakes at home (at least this child is ok to consume 1 jillion calories!) and opened her family presents. Her big gift from us was a hit- her swimmable mermaid tail!!! 

I love them singing to her! 

One of my favorite pictures- so much genuine happiness! 

It was a great birthday for our precious girl. I have no doubt she felt as special as she really is!!

And then the party day came... 

Trying to come up with the "perfect" party is tough. Then, it hits you that your kid loves something, so you just do what they love. It's not fancy, it's not pinteresty- but it's what makes them happy... so that's the route we went!

Gymnastics birthday party it is! 

We had it at this great gym near us (the same one I had birthday parties at and the same one she had her party at 3 years ago!). It was perfect and they always do a great job. This year it was all girls (plus Jay!). She has some amazing little girlfriends- and some that she's been around since birth and some that she's only known for a few months. I love the span of these friendships!

That time you order a RAPUNZEL cake only to get this...
Ummm, ok?

This girl had the best time over her birthday (week!). We were so happy to celebrate her. And she CRASHED from all the fun!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Not So Big at Five

We had CK's five year check up the other day.

She is healthy and strong and actually growing! Meaning, the doctor said we could officially remove her UNDERWEIGHT tag from her chart! Woot woot!

At five years, her stats are...
HEIGHT: 42.5 inches (52%)
WEIGHT: 35.6 lbs (21%)
BMI: 23.86 (10%)!!
BP: 91/57
Pulse: 92

She is back on the charts for BMI and I am so happy for that! She eats and is healthy, she is just a pint size little dear and we know that about her. Also, I've said it before, but if you've seen my mother in law, you understand CK. They are identical.

My favorite comparisons are these...

Jay at five years...
HEIGHT: 46.25 in (97%)
WEIGHT: 50.4 lbs (93%)
BMI: 17 (80%)

Monday, February 13, 2017


I cannot believe my sweet little Charley Kate is FIVE. I mean, where did the time go!?

I mean, it seems like just yesterday I was giving birth to her. Then she grew into a sweet, bouncing baby. And the next stage was Hurricane Charley- she was into EVERYthing. But that feisty toddler turned into a fun, adorable little girl. And now she's five.

This child is one of the most thoughtful, servant-hearted children I've ever seen. She lives to put others first and make them happy. She wants to give, give, give all the time. She asks to help clean the cat box so Anthony and I don't have to worry about it. She brings Jay a blanket when he is too lazy won't get up and do it for himself. She lets Molly takes her toys even when she is in the middle of playing with them. And she will do anything for Kelsey- keep her happy, play with her, carry her anywhere... this girl's heart is bigger than most. One of her favorite activities is giving gifts to people- wrapping presents for her friends at school, BOOing her buddies, bringing flowers to her teachers... if it makes someone else happy, she is happy!

She is so very athletic. She's always been super coordinated and balanced and did everything early as a baby. She is truly gifted in gymnastics- her little body is just built to be a gymnast... muscular and tiny. She can throw and hit the softball, dribble and shoot the basketball, and score goals in soccer with the best of them! She can also run faster than most!

She's my little homebody. She doesn't require tons and tons of friends at all times. She loves being with her friends at school and having playdates, but she also loves her downtime at home alone. She loves to play barbies, mom/teacher with her baby dolls, and draw pictures and wrap presents for her friends. She has really sweet girls around her, though, and I'm thankful for the many friendships she has. Each friend is her "best friend" and I love that about her!

She is so far my most snuggly child. She loves to snuggle up and cuddle on people's laps, lay next to them, have her back scratched, and give hugs and kisses.

She is so animated when she talks and tells stories- it's one of my favorite things about her. She uses her hands and arches her eyebrows and has this adorable little smack after every few words. It's the best!

She is a little pleaser- though she's the second kid, she is the first girl and certainly acts like a first child. And she definitely wears her heart on her sleeve. She is by far the most emotional of our kids. But with easy sadness comes easy happiness, and you just know that she feels everything so much more.

This little girl is just one of the sweetest, kindest, most beautiful ones out there. Anthony and I sit and watch in awe of her pure gold heart. We definitely hit the jackpot when we got this one.

Charley Kate, we love you to the moon and back. You are so special to us and to our family. We can't imagine where we would be without you!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

8 Months for the Last Time!

Wow... 8 months! We have made it!

My mom and I always said the 8 month milestone is by far one of our most favorite stages. They have gotten out of that newborn stage and morphed into the CUTE baby stage! They are developing a personality and it's so fun to watch their little minds work... And Kelsey fits that perfectly!

Gosh, she is such an awesome baby! When I think back to our first 6 months and compare her to where she is now... it feels like a lifetime ago. It doesn't even feel like the same baby! She is SUCH a doll and we are all having the best time with her!

At 8 months...
-She is moving EVERYWHERE all the time! She's fast and gets from room to room to up the stairs to into the dog bowl... Nothing is safe!
-She's cruising on furniture and standing by herself for a while. She gets herself up from a squat into standing and back down again. She's even taken one step (gasp!) several times over the past week or so!
-She loves to climb and explore... to say she's physical is an understatement!
-She is curious and smart. She's definitely a watcher at first. She takes it all in and you can see her wheels turning... then she makes her move!
-She's just starting to say some words.... "Buh buh" (bye bye) was her first... She has said "mamamama" over and over... she just this week started trying to say kitty "itty" and makes a big O with her mouth to say meow and also says "Te" for Tex. I am amazed at how her little words are just blowing up!
-Waves bye and hi and claps her hands
-Nurses about 7 times a day (including once in the middle of the night)
-Eats so so much! She loves to eat pretty much anything. But unlike Molly (who actually ate everything!), she definitely has particular preferences and will just refuse or spit out whatever she doesn't like. Won't eat any baby food!
-Her perfect sleep time would be about 745-730 with one night time wake up/feeding. Unfortunately for her, she is a fourth kid and she doesn't always get put down when she needs to be. So typical is 815/830 until about 745/8.
-Her middle of the night wake up is so random. Sometimes it's 1230, sometimes it's 230, sometimes it's 4. The good news is it's only once! And she's in her crib and going down so well!
-Naps are pretty good... about 30 min- 1 hr in the mornings and another 2 in the afternoons.
-She is a little gymnast at diaper changes. I forgot about this stage and it's NOT my favorite!
-She still will go to others relatively well and doesn't have any major separation anxiety (yet!). This is so helpful!
-Wearing 9 and 12 month clothes and size 3 diapers. But I'm pretty sure she could easily move into a four- so as soon as these are gone I'll move her up!
-Loves her freedom in the bath now! She loves to crawl and splash!
-She is an explorer when it comes to other kids.. She will crawl right over to them and pat them and pull up on them!
-She puts EVERYthing in her mouth... We really really have to watch her!
-She is a really sweet snuggler. She'll lay her head on my shoulder and just let me hug and love on her! I super love this!

Kelsey, your precious little personality is just beginning to shine. We have fallen head over heels in love with you! You are the baby to everyone in this family and we are so thankful for you! We can't wait to watch you continue to grow!